Author: Novoneel Chakraborty
Publisher: Random House India
Cover image- Saurav Das
Cover : 5/5
Title : 5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 4/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 4.5/5
- Characters (Leads):
- Neel- The protagonist
- Titiksha- Neel’s girlfriend
- Nivrita- Commissioning editor of Word Tree Publishing House
What will you do if one day a svelte and sexy girl comes up to you and says she is your ex ? And the only thing you know about her is that you don’t know anything about her.
Neel, an aspiring author, meets Nivrita at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Though Nivrita says she is his ex, he remembers nothing and yet everything about her seems to lure him to unravel the mystery she personifies. The more he is drawn to her, the more Neel feels guilty because he is already in a steady relationship with Titiksha, the love of his life.
When Nivrita makes a tempting offer to Neel, which he accepts for his own good, his life slowly begins to spiral out of control while Titiksha starts turning into a stranger until Neel realizes there’s much more than his eyes can see and mind can recollect.
Thanks Novoneel for sending out your book for me to review.
EX is a story about Neel’s life. He works in a bank but soon leaves the job to become an author. He visits the Jaipur literary festival for inspiration where he meets Nivrita. She makes such an offer to him that he cannot refuse. And this acceptance leads to many course of events which turns Neel’s life upside down.
After returning back to Kolkata, Neel does as Nivrita asks him to, even when he gets irritated by her habits or her sense of humor. Neel doesn’t want to introduce Nivrita to Titiksha as Titiksha hadn’t supported him in his decision of being an author. So he wanted to prove it to her that he can indeed be one. In course of time he discovers that Titiksha is cheating on him and one fine day she is dead. Who killed her? Did she even exist? What should Neel do?
The mystery about everything has been maintained throughout and when the reality is revealed in the end, it will surely send chills down your spine.
It is a very different kind of love story, never read or heard anytime. It is meant to be a hit among the readers. The mindsets of school children and what exactly happens these days in schools and colleges has been understood and described very well by Novoneel. The plot has been woven fantastically. Its one of a kind book where the narration style is just amazing. The element of mystery has been implemented very nicely and it interests the reader more and more.
The only let-down from EX were some grammatical and editing errors.
A poignant and gripping tale, surely recommended book which will keep you hooked till the very end. (4.5/5)
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